A Global Gathering of Women on the Rise in Whistler
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A Global Gathering of Women on the Rise in Whistler

Tomorrow (Friday, March 6), women from all over the world will be gathering at the Westin for the inaugural Women North Conference. This event aims to bring together female business leaders and the next generation of women rising to leadership positions in an environment where they can engage in real conversations that are critical to achieving success – from board engagement and financing, to work-life balance and relationships.

“There has been no lack of conversations on the subject of women in business over the last ten years, but as technology and a shift in social circumstances change, so too does the role of women in the workplace,” says Heather Odendaal, Founder & Producer of WNORTH.

“We created WNORTH to provide a forum for women on the rise to have real conversations that are critical to achieving success – from board engagement and financing, to work-life balance and relationships,” says Odendaal.

Heather Odendaal is an accomplished entrepreneur, driven sales executive for a Fortune 500 company, world traveler, active community member, and a Whistler local. Read more about her path to developing this new conference here.

Heather Odendaal

A believer in “real conversations” Odenaal has really taken the time to pepper the days agenda with a broad range of subjects, with talks, panel events and workshops – just take a look:

“Will this Baby Wreck my Career?” – Tools and Strategies to help find the difficult balance between a rewarding career and family life – Shannon Ward

“Networks that Work – Working your Network”Jennifer Schaeffers

“Image, Authenticity, and Power”Pam Goldsmith-Jones

“How to be the CFO of your life”Marissa Cepelinski & Allison Warnyca

“Female Executive Resilience and Strategies to Thrive” Ashley Pincott

“How Technology is changing the opportunity for women to rise to the top”Meredith Powell

“Board Games: Mastering the methodology to get on and contribute to boards”
Moderator: Jill Earthy, Director BC & Yukon Futurpreneur
Panelists: Marcella Szel, Transportation Executive & Board Chair of TransLink
Sue Adams, Owner, Bevendale Enterprises Inc and serial board member
Maninder Dhaliwal, CEO & Founder, Lion’s Gate International & Director, Vancouver Board of Trade

“Navigating your greatest failures, fuck-up, and misfortunes”Devon Brooks

“Glass Ceiling: Corporate Myth or Reality” – Janice Hulse

If you’re interested in signing up there are still spots left, visit their site and grab your ticket now. If you’re involved with Women of Whistler, there’s a special 2 for 1 offer on tickets.

Presenters at the WNORTH Conference.

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